Significance 2.0: a guide to assessing the significance of collections

Significance defines the meanings and values of a cultural heritage item or collection through research and analysis, and by assessment against a standard set of criteria. Significance is a theoretical framework and a practical method for collection management practice. It can be applied to a wide variety of collections, including archives, galleries, libraries and museums.

The publication Significance 2.0: a guide to assessing the significance of collections was written by Roslyn Russell and Kylie Winkworth. It was published in 2009 by the Collections Council of Australia, a national collections sector industry council established and supported by the Cultural Ministers Council from 2004 to 2010.

Significance 2.0 was widely distributed in 2009 to collecting organisations and local libraries across Australia.

Following dissolution of the Collections Council of Australia in 2010, copyright of the publication was transferred to the Commonwealth of Australia.

An online version of Significance 2.0 has been archived on the National Library of Australia’s Pandora service.

Alternatively, a PDF version can be downloaded from the link below:

For further enquiries

Please e-mail collectionsdevelopment@arts.gov.au or telephone the Ministry for the Arts, Collections Access section, on (02) 6141 3625.